Personal setups » My set-up and things learned…by Mike Brown
OMM Cold Springs Rack
Jannd Mountain Panniers
Small dry bag.
Gear in bags (approximate):
Cheap old 1″ Thermarest this will be my first upgrade for next trip- something smaller/lighter.
Western Mountaineering Highlite
1 midweight wool top
1 silkweight tights
Campor zip-off pants/shorts I liked this luxury item.
1 extra pair of socks
1 extra bike shorts
1 extra lightweight top
I’d live without these extras in a “race” but not a tour
1 novel, traded out when going through towns again, would leave at home in a race or not solo for 16 days
Alcholol stove and alchohol
small ti kettle
MSR coffeemate could have left this at home, but it was nice
small pirce of pack towel- about the size of dish cloth
toiletries -TP, Bronner’s, Tooth stuff, Contact lens stuff
Very minimal First aide- gauze, duct tape, Superglue, Benadryl, Aleve
Chaco’s - defintely could have left these at home, but I loved having them every day.
MSR Hiker filter
Food- up to 5 days worth, I promised my wife I’d always have 36 hours extra food just in case…
A few other small misc items…
Handlebar bag is an ANCIENT Trek bag I’ve had since I was 16 (36 now). Holds- Compass, map, hammock, rain fly. Hammock is Claytor Expedition, the best gear ever!
WIngnut pack on back- holds Sierra Designs jacket, food for the day and standard riding stuff, plus bladder. I don’t like carrying the weight on my back. This pack was never “stuffed”- and my back never hurt.
I am aware my set-up is “bigger” than most, but it worked great. I’ve noted what I’d get rid of if racing or with others. My only problem is when I’ve had to shoulder the bike across some serious water crossings, that’s a pain in the arse. Otherwise, descends awesome, handles great.
Bike is an Indy Fab Steel Deluxe 29er.